Fatal crash victim ID in Hwy. 183 Pickens Co.

A pickup truck driver was killed early Monday morning in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler near Pickens.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports the accident happened on Highway 183 at Ireland Drive at 6:20 a.m. The driver of a 2004 Freightliner was traveling south on Highway 183 about three and a half miles outside Pickens.

Troopers say the driver of the tractor-trailer went left of the center line to avoid avoid a vehicle that was turning onto Ireland Drive. That’s when the 18-wheeler struck a 1986 GMC pickup truck that was traveling north on Highway 183.

The pickup truck driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner says the victim is Daniel E. Epps, 56, or Pickens. He died from blunt force trauma.

The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn’t hurt according to SCHP troopers.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating the collision.


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